Maserati Trofeo 2014
 

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Hungaroring - HUN
01/06/2014

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Hungaroring 2014

 

 

The second round in the Maserati Trofeo World Series will be run on the weekend of 30 May - 1 June at the Hungaroring. The Budapest event will coincide with round 3 in the DTM championship on a circuit that also plays host to Formula 1 races and that usually draws in huge crowds.

Hungary will be the first time we see the 2014 race format. Now endurance races last 60’ (last year it was 50’) with a compulsory pit stop; the two 30' sprints will also be run. The aim in tweaking the race times and points system is to level out the playing field even more. The rule changes now make victory in the endurance event enticing with 25 points on offer compared to 9 for the sprint. So, flat out speed will not be enough to take the title this year: drivers will need to be cute and calculated as well as being good behind the wheel.

 

 

Specifications

 

Year built: 1989

Circuit Length: 4,381 m

Direction: clockwise

Curves: 16

Total capacity: 70,000

 

 

Circuit

Found 19km outside Budapest, the Hungaroring hosted the 1986 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Hungary. The circuit is renowned for being slow and full of bends. In 2003, the layout was modified and now measures 4381 metres; during the work, the main straight was extended to make overtaking easier. The succession of curves at the Hungaroring takes a lot out of the drivers physically. The first curve is found at the end of the 788 metre main straight. It is a severe right hand hairpin that is followed by a semi-right that leads, in turn, to an easy-ish left curve. The asphalt here is bobbly and it is crucial to pick up enough pace in this section before turn 3. This section includes a brief uphill straight and then a very quick left hander, taken blind, where mistakes can easily be made.

The slow right hand turn 5 prepares the driver for the right-left chicane where it is important to ride the kerb going in. Getting the racing line spot on is fundamental at turns 8 and 9, sticking left coming out of turn 8 to gain speed for 9 as it is downhill from here into a short straight. Turns 11 and 12 are separated by a straight while drivers will recall the second last curve for its uneven surface. The entry to the final curve is always gritty and from there it is onto the main straight. The surface is very slippery here and makes the blind exit even harder to judge.

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